[uf-discuss] Getting started with microformats
bjonkman at sobac.com
Wed Aug 9 20:32:01 PDT 2006
Chris Messina wrote:
> So I had the question posed to me yet again:
> "Ok, we know we should do microformats... but we're not sure where to
> start. Can you help us out?"
> We could offer either a case study ("XCorp started by locating all
> references to people and locations on their website. They then marked
> up their pages using hcard. Specifically, this is the code they
I came across microformats almost exactly a year ago, and idly proposed
the hGEDCOM format for genealogy. I saw that a separate Wiki page had
been created (thanx, Tantek!), but didn't really get excited about the
whole thing until I heard the podcast of Tantek's panel discussion at
SXSW (audio file at
This would be a great introduction to anyone trying to understand why
microformats should be done.
I'm currently adding microformats to a bunch of pages on the Intranet at
work, so I may be able to provide details of the pitfalls that a newbie
encounters while microformatting: paying attention to subordinate
classes (eg. <a class="vcard fn url" href="bjonkman.htm">Bob Jonkman</a>
doesn't work); make sure the Web page validates before microformatting,
make sure the Web page still validates after microformatting; it helps
to understand the base format (vCard, Atom) before trying to do hcard or
hatom. I can expound on this in the Wiki -- where do I start?
BTW, is there a microformat validation tool? I'm currently relying on
the Tails Export extension by Rob de Bruin in Firefox -- if it displays
there it must be OK...
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